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About the Assessment: Types of Accommodations

Students assessed with accommodations typically received some combination of accommodations. In contrast to earlier assessment years in which students were only counted once in the category reflecting the primary accommodation provided, students were counted in the categories for each accommodation they received in 2011. For example, students assessed in small groups (as compared with standard NAEP sessions of about 30 students) were also usually given extended time and are included in counts for both groups.

Grade 8
Grade 12
Percentage of eighth-grade students identified as students with disabilities (SD) and/or English language learners (ELL) assessed in NAEP writing with accommodations, by SD/ELL category and type of accommodation, as a percentage of all assessed students: 2011
Type of accommodation SD and/or ELL SD ELL
Breaks 1.6 1.5 0.2
Cue to stay on task 0.3 0.3 0.1
Directions read aloud in Spanish 0.2 # 0.2
Extended time 7.3 6.1 1.6
Magnification device # # #
School staff administers 0.3 0.3 #
Sign language # # #
Special equipment 0.1 0.1 #
Other 0.8 0.7 0.1
# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Students identified as both SD and ELL were counted only once under the combined SD and/or ELL category, but were counted separately under the SD and ELL categories. SD includes students identified as having either an Individualized Education Program or protection under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2011 Writing Assessment.